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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta There are good reasons to vote Olson, says candidate Bud Olson is counting on the protest vote to win the July 8 election in Medicine Hat the protest vote that went against him in 1972. "There was a lot of anti government feeling around in 1972 that for whatever reason caused a protest vote" he said in an interview. "I'm confident we'll improve our showing there are quite a few people who didn't vote for us last time that will this said the former agriculture minister who was unhorsed by a vote margin by Bert Hargrave in 1972. The number one reason, Mr. Olson says, is that the agricultural economy is in much better shape. "And there are half a dozen other reasons people who voted for the PC's last time are saying they'll vote for us this he says. He lists as one the belief that it's not good for Alberta to have all 19 members of parliament from one party regardless of who wins the election. On agriculture, Mr. Olson, who is considered in some quarters to be one of the stronger Liberal contenders in solid Tory Alberta, says farm income in most categories is much better now than in 1972. "I'm not giving the federal government all the credit the international market situation is of course the biggest factor. "But the fact is the farmers are feeling better and the federal government did have a hand in making it so." Mr. Olson has taken some early flack from his Conservative opponent on the phasing out of the Defence Research Establishment Suffield, but says now he thinks'he can get Defence Minister James Richardson to agree to a proposal that research work continue at the base. Mr. Olson says that while he can't argue with the defence minister concerning construction of an electronic research station in Winnipeg, he believes research assignments know they can do as well as any establishment in could continue to be given to the Suffield station. "I think there's a good chance my proposal will be acceptable and if elected I think I can have that (phase out) decision he said. The federal government announced in February it would phase out the Suffield defence lab (although not the range, currently used by the British Army for tank training) by 1977 and move its operations to an million base to be built in Mr. Richardson's Winnipeg riding and a smaller part to Ottawa. While Mr. Hargrave has said the oil and gas situation is an important issue in the riding, Mr. Olson is less sure. "There's no question in my mind that the priority committment of gas feedstocks here should go to plants he said. I'm sure that wia happen. Whether they can raise that to a great controversial issue, I don't know." Mr. Olson said the prime minister clearly indicated in his recent visit to Calgary that it was unreasonable for the provincial governments to raise their revenues from oil and gas so high that it completely prevented the federal government from taxing the oil industry like other corporations. "He admitted the oil companies are caught between two levels of government and said he was willing to sit down anytime before the election to work out a reasonable arrangement with Alberta, admitting that the province should have a larger share than the federal government. "Mr. Lougheed said no more negotiations until after the election, and the conclusion I have to draw is that he thinks it's better not to have a deal for election purposes." Mr. Olson also claims many people he's talked to feel the election is an unnecessary expensive affair for the country and are criticizing the opposition parties for causing it He says people are not happy about the prospect of having another parliament that will be a repetition of the last one. "Some are not talking about an over all majority but they don't want to see it have to function against all those non confidence motions again Bud Olson hoping voters will swing back >HA T LIBERALS STRUGGLE TO BREAK CONSERVATIVES' ALBERTA SWEEP By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer MEDICINE HAT People keep strolling into Bud Olson's campaign headquarters here bags packed, looking for the next bus out of town. The campaign workers are used to the phenomenum it happens several times a day and with a smile refer the travellers to the new Medicine Hat bus depot across the lane. Local party officials said they expected a little of that when Mr. Olson opened his headquarters in the old Greyhound depot, which was just vacated a couple of months age. But with the outside of the building plastered in Liberal red from sidewalk to roof, they're a little surprised it keeps on occurring. come in here and ask things like how much is the fare to said one bemused campaign worker "It's amazing." Despite the obvious potential for a little political missionary work, there seem to be no attempts to convert confused bus patrons to Trudeau. And that's perhaps an indication of the type of low key campaign the Liberals are waging here this time around. There's not going to be any red and white Olson signs sprouting on Medicine Hat lawns for instance, unless the faithful make them themselves. Mr. Olson says lawn signs violate the secrecy of' the secret ballot system and he's not having any. Ted Anhorn. Mr. Olson's official agent the only person in the campaign who can legally act on behalf of the candidate says this election isn't the kind where people- should have lawn signs all over the place. "This is a crucial election for said Mr. Anhorn, a CPR accountant who was a Liberal condidate in the last provincial election. "We want people to make a sober judgment not based on loud noises or phony advertising." The Liberals aren't spending as much as the spent in 1972. "Our spending will depend on what we can says Mr. Anhorn. Their campaign, which Mr. Anhorn says will involve 300 to 400 volunteer workers, will be aimed at "re introducing" Mr. Olson because he's been more or less out of circulation for the last 18 months. "We're going to try and do more said Mr. Anhorn. The Liberal posters at the old bus depot urge voters to "re elect" Mr. Olson, who was first sent to Ottawa by the riding in 1957 as a Socred, defeated in the 1958 Diefenbaker sweep, and then won every election up to 1972, despite the candidate's switch to the Liberal Party. The Conservatives have occupied their roomy headquarters on South Railway Street next door to the Assiniboia Hotel for several weeks. They were busy churning out election material and enthusiasm even before incumbent Bert Hargrave held his nomination meeting May 25. "We've canvassed the entire city once already and we're going to knock on every door in Medicine Hat and Redcliff at least once more before the said Carol Snedden. who along with her dentist husband. Jack, are managing Hargrave's campaign for the second time. PC literature is also being sent out to some homes in the rural part of the riding which has some eligible rural and urban voters. Unlike the Liberals, the Waller Kerber photos Olson backers Ted Anhorn and Valerie Schattle Conservatives plan to wage a fairly extensive lawn sign campaign. "No one here underestimates Olson's campaign techniques or his ability." says Jim Horsman, Mr. Hargrave's official agent. "He's a hard worker we're going to work even harder." Mr. Horsman. a lawyer who was the Conservative candidate in the 1971 provincial election, said the party is budgeting a little more than the spent ;n 1972 because costs have gone up. Due to nomination difficulties, the NDP were a little late getting off the mark in the Medicine Hat campaign, but they've got the freshest face on the hustings. At 25, Lauranne Hemmingway, a Brooks social worker who won the nomination Monday, is a political novice, but not a newcomer to politics. The daughter of the party's provincial vice president and Peace River candidate Anne Hemmingway, she campaigned for Grant Notley in the 1971 provincial election and for Jake Van Voorst in Peace River in 1972. She's apparently the first woman ever to run federally in Medicine Hat. The New Democrats moved into their headquarters around the corner from the PC's and across the street from the Central Shoe Shine just this week. One of the first tasks for party workers was to find an air conditioner for the sweltering one room store front office. It's not easy being an NDP supporter in Medicine Hat where Lewis Toole, the candidate in the last election, got only 2.033 votes. "It's sometimes a little difficult for us to find headquarters." says campaign worker Doreen Toole. "A lot of people here won't rent to the NDP." But the party counts the voters it polled last time as a hard core base to build on. It hopes to raise for the campaign and its 50 to 75 workers will use a campaign technique developed by NDP organizations in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia to build support and recruit more workers. "Starting next week, we'll do an intensive canvass in some areas, hitting a few of the polls in each area." said Bob Hauck, another campaign worker and fourth year U of L political science student. In a campaign that's so far been relatively invisible to the man on the street, except at party headquarters, the Social Credit party has been the most invisible of all. Candidate Ed Ens is from Calgary and while he's done some campaigning, has been in and out of the riding. The Socreds are just getting their headquarters ready and plan an official opening next week. Of the four parties, the Liberals will bring in one of the biggest guns, with Finance Minister John Turner due to fly in from Calgary for an evening meeting June 21. PC organizers, who had well known Tory MP George Hees in a week ago, suspect the Liberals may bring in Prime Minister Trudeau for a quick visit to a riding some consider offers the Liberal's best chance to break the Tory stranglehold on Alberta's 19 seats. But the Liberals say there are no plans for a visit to Medicine Hat by the PM. SOCK EI1S IM) n KM OCR us h IK KKIUM) 2-IIOKSK RACE Jim Horsman and Carol Snedden at Hargrave headquarters. The LetHbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, June 15, 1974 PAGES 19-3f- Power decision unlikely Monday MOP candidate Lauranne Hemmingway By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer City council won't make a decision Monday night on whether or not to sell the power plant to Calgary Power, Mayor Anderson said Friday. He said that while most of the briefs to be presented to a public hearing on the issue during council meeting Monday put forward "pretty much the same arguments we've heard before." council can't make a snap decision. "We have to be fair and assess the he said. The two hours alloted by council for public discussion of the power plant issue should be enough time, the mayor said. The" city clerk has received notice from ten groups and private citizens that submissions will be made. Calgary Power's offer to buy the plant for expires June 30 and if council doesn't make a decision at its regular meeting Monday, a slight extension of the offer will have to be made for council to consider sale of. municipal plant at its next meeting July 2. If Calgary Power doesn't extend its offer, a special council meeting will have to be called, the mayor said. A brief from the Save our Power Plant Committee presents two alternative plans to those contained in a consultant's report which recommended sale of the plant and reliance on Calgary Power for future power supply needs. Plan G. which calls for the addition of a 25-megawatt gas turbine and heat recovery system, would cost the city about S3 million, the brief contends, but the money could be recovered in four years. While the committee would prefer that council proceed with Plan D as outlined in the CH2M-Hill report, it suggests another alternative as well, which it calls Plan H. "Plan H is essentially a holding pattern which will be very profitable for the city while it considers alternative plans for the supply of power to the community." the brief states Citing the CH2M-HU1 report, the committee says in the brief the city will gain about by 'keeping the plant until the end of this decade. The brief says the city is still carrying of debentures on the plant and recommends that if it is sold. Calgary Power shold be asked to cover this amount "as a price for entering a lucrative market." A brief from Robert Comstock says before a final decision is made, "certain aspects should be more adequately explained and possibly reconsidered." Mr. Comstock. a local engineer, says the conclusion to sell the plant seems to be "chiefly based" on economic considerations studied in the CH2M-HJ11 report. The report stated the cost of buying all power from Calgary Power would amount to about million- in 1988. while keeping the plant under Plan D. which calls for purchasing base-load power from Calgary Power and a million addition in two stages to generate peak load would cost about million more b} 1988. But. Mr. Comstock says, the report assumed gas wouli increase from 18 cents per million British Thermal Unit1 in 1973 to per million BTU in 1988. The provincia government's recen announcement that Albert consumers will be cushione from excessive gas pric. increases throws the CH2M- Hill calculations into doubt, ht said. If prices increases ar- limited to five per cent a year the total cost of Plan D by 1988 would be million. Mr. Comstock also attacks the misconception that the present plant is obsolete ant that new generating equipment would be valueless in 1988. With the exception of a steam turbine installed in 1932. equipment in the plant could be used for about 20 years And. he says, it is customary to amortize the costs of new equipment over 30 years and suggests new generators could be effectively used long after that. Strike vote looms at nursing homes Employees of two Southern Alberta nursing homes will probably vote within a week on whether or not to strike, a union spokesman told The Herald Friday. Workers at Blunt's Nursing Home in Fort Macleod and Devon Nursing Home in Lethbridge voted 89 per cent to reject a conciliation award at a Thursday night meeting, said Ian Downey. Alberta hospital co-ordinator for the Canadian Union of Public Employees. The Fort Macleod employees were unanimous, he added. Mr. Downey said the workers are now paid an hour and want S2.70 an hour. approximate parity with Lethbridge Municipal Hospital employees. The request was kept low to be quickly acceptable, he said. Trafficking hearing sel A 19-year-old Lethbridge man charged with possession of MDA for the purpose of trafficking was remanded in provincial court Friday to Aug 10 for preliminary hearing. John MattcoUi. 970 Mayor Magrath Drive, was charged Mav 15. Canoeist drowned in swift Oldman A 24-year-old Lethbridge man is missing and presumed drowned after has canoe overturned an the fast-moving waters of Ihe Oldman River late Fnday night. Klainc Xcd of 415 12th Ave N. was canoeing with Barry Snow. 2B. of 1902 4ln Avc N when 1hc accident occurred Mr Snow told city police Mr Ned and himself left Monarch about 4 p.m in a canoe with lyCthbndgc as their destination Although the rivor was turbulent they managed to navigate the difficult spots until they came lo Ihe high level bridge Then turbulent water meriuracd the canoe Mr Snow said the undertow sucked the canoe down. He went under briefly as well. He said when he went under he saw his companion's head above water When he surfaced again he concentrated on getting to shore. The river earned him downstream about one-half mile lo a campground by the river He began yelling for help and struggled to shore. He estimated the lime to be about ]1 3fl p TTI An American 1ouns1 found him lying on the hank of the nver and called lor help Mr Snow was taken to S1 Michael's hospital b> ambulance, treated and released was an swimmer but neither of them were wearing life jackets City police and fire department began the search immediately but were hampered by darkness and" the turbulence of the nver The search was called off but began again at 5 a m this morning It was again halted at fl a m because of the turbulence of the river Ned is the second city man missing and presumed drowned in the Old Man River in two weeks On June 1 Kenneth McManus. 28. of S25A Ifth Si S fell olf coulee clilfs near the Lethbndge Research Station and into the river He is presumed drowned but Ins body has not been recovered ;